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May 7, 2014

Sad day at Shawnee: Muskogee falls in semis; Tahlequah, Sequoyah drop finals

SHAWNEE – Muskogee lost to the best again, if that’s any consolation for a game that could have, perhaps should have, belonged to them.

An eight-run Southmoore fifth did the most damage but Muskogee, in a 13-12 semifinal loss to Southmoore in the Class 6A semifinals Tuesday at the Ball Fields at Firelake, will look to two plays turned this game, the last perhaps the one with the most sting.

The No. 5 Lady Roughers (28-11) trailed 13-11 in their final at-bat when Kaitlyin Kaiser’s shot through the gap in right plated Brook Hendrickson, who beat out an infield grounder with one out. Kaiser went to third but the relay and throw had her, only after she and the first baseman Treinty Edwards collided as Kaiser rounded first.

“Was I in? I know I’d had a better chance if (Edwards) hadn’t been in my way,” Kaiser said.

Then, Sydney Sherill’s leaping grab of Dymin Purdin’s liner ended it.

Coleman also lost the argument on whether Kaiser was interfered with.

“I saw (the first base umpire’s) arm, he started his arm up and put it down so I know he saw a little bit of collision and I felt like he missed it,” he said.

“It still might’ve not changed anything but it still gives us the tying run at third. That girl made a great catch on Dymin.”

It was that kind of play that made for the other possible turning point, which doused a huge surge in the top of the fifth that increased what had been a 6-5 Roughers lead to 10-5.

Muskogee had the bases loaded when Shaylee Rowland ripped a shot which second baseman Rachel Copus snagged and flipped to shortstop Arielle  Jones for the out on Bailee Hendrickson at second.

Southmoore answered with an eight-run inning in the bottom of the inning.

“If that gets through for a base hit, I think we could have put it out of reach then,” Coleman said.

Rowland hit a two-run home run in the fourth and Lexi Watson hit a two-run shot in the third and a solo in the sixth.

Southmoore, No. 1 in 6A coming in, went on to defeat Tahlequah 14-6 in the finals. Last year, Muskogee lost to Union in the quarterfinals, which won the title in 2013.

Muskogee beat Moore in the semis 10-6. Nia Maxwell’s RBI double scored Carlee Gann, who singled to lead off the seventh inning, with what proved to be the winning run in a 6-6 game at that point.

Muskogee ran off to a 6-0 lead behind the bats of Rowland, Dee Emarthle and Kaiser, all 2-for-2 over the first three innings. In all, the Lady Roughers had 10 hits in that streak.

The No. 4 Lions (28-10) chipped away, though. with four in the fifth and two to tie it in the sixth. Five Lions baserunners reached on walks off Rowland.

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